Saturday, October 4, 2008

Dark Eldar / Khang

So, our buddy Brian has had a shoe box of Dark Eldar sitting around...for pretty much ever. At least since the new 4th edition 40k box came out anyways. The group's been threatening to get their act together and actually play some minis games; a single game consistently that is. I think our two runner-ups are 5150 and 40k5.0, 'cause all good sci-fi games have numbers in their titles, right? Anyway, the cool thing about 5150 is that you can use pretty much whatever minis you want, 40k is a bit more rigid. Even on a casual level, it's a tad harder to proxy for 40k without it getting hard to keep track of what model is supposed to represent what.

Well, above you've got Brian's Dark Eldar army, which would roll just as well being a Khang army from the 5150 expansion, Illegal Aliens. Either way, they're not painted, and we decided to get together as a group and 'speed paint' all of them at once. Shown here with rudimentary base coats from many moons ago.

5150 Khang: Premier in the long list of “Malevolent Emperors” is the enigma KHANG. Khang is considered to be evil incarnate by his enemies, and just plain evil by his admirers. Khang was the third son of a minor provincial governor who fought his way to the throne, and through guile and brute force has become the dominant ruler on Khanopia. The Emperor has gone so far as to change the name of the Empire officially to Khang. His subjects willingly serve him, and the Empire, as in their hearts and minds, Emperor and Empire are one.


40k Dark Eldar: Dark Eldar are a Kindred of the Eldar, an ancient and advanced race of elf-like humanoids. Their armies usually have the advantages of speed, though they are often lacking in resilience. The Dark Eldar revel in piracy, enslavement and torture, and are sadistic in the extreme. Dark Eldar armies make use of various anti-gravity skimmers such as Raiders and Ravagers to launch high speed attacks. They strike with little or no warning, using an interdimensional labyrinth known as the Webway to traverse the galaxy safely and far more quickly than most races are able to with their Warp jumps.

Brushes at the ready; Brian (left) and Andy commence drybrushing!

Andy focused on a lot of the detail work (faces, rifles, etc.) while I just slathered on the reds.

Ray and Brian prepare for the new Olympic sport; synchronized painting.

The skirmish formation guys in the middle still need some work. The ranked up figs on the right are just a layer of basing from being done.

Here's a squad of five, finished, sans basing.

What we've got done so far. With a little basing, these guys will really 'pop'.

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